The challenge students’ face in the MDC is to demonstrate how they could help one community in one developing country make significant progress toward one of the Millennium Development Goals by spending just $5,000. This is no easy task. Students are asked to Champion a cause, initiated by nationals, and facilitated through a local NGO.
For starters, students need to develop relationships with a local NGO/charity working internationally on a project which nationals have initiated. The student must demonstrate that the project has a realistic plan for spending the MDC’s $5,000 and that it will be sustainable if it is awarded the funds. Finally, students entering the MDC must demonstrate to their peers and the panel of judges that the project they are championing through their presentation has a community-based impact on one or more of the Millennium Development Goals.
Past winners of the MDC state that they received an incredible sense of empowerment by making a concrete contribution to specific urgent social issues in developing countries. And indeed, that’s the goal of MDC organizers: that students would not only become aware of the challenges of development, but also realized that it is within their ability as young people to have a significant impact in the lives of our global neighbors.
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Examples of past projects which were championed and received the money include: A goat farm in Liberia, a library in Uganda, a teachers salary in Afghanistan, stove pipes in Guatemala, a water project in Kenya, a community garden in Zambia.
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